Recently, actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her battle with alopecia— an autoimmune disease where your own immune system attacks your hair follicles. Alopecia can cause your hair to fall out, both just on your head, or on your head and all over your body. Pinkett Smith has suffered from it for several months, but she has been open about the challenge on her own talk show and on talk shows throughout the world–bringing necessary exposure to the condition and opening up important conversations about this common condition across America. If you think you might have alopecia or want to learn more about the condition, here are some of the most important facts.
It Is Common in America
More than 6.8 million Americans have it, and there is a 2.1% chance you will get it in your lifetime. So, if you’re suffering from the condition, you’re not alone. Alopecia affects people of all ages–from young children to the elderly, and everyone in between.
You Can Regrow Your Hair
Even though your immune system is attacking your hair follicles when you have alopecia, you won’t necessarily lose your hair for good. Your hair follicles still remain alive when you have the condition, which means that you can regrow your hair at any time, once the disease is under control.
There Are Different Types of it
There are different types of alopecia that people can experience. One type causes patches of hair loss on the body, one causes total loss of hair on the scalp, and one causes total loss of hair on the entire body.
It Remains Mysterious
While scientists understand a lot about alopecia, there are still things about it that they don’t understand, including what triggers the immune system to start attacking the hair follicles. Today, they’re hoping to learn more about if it can be caused by environmental factors or if it’s triggered by something inside the body (or if it’s caused by a combination of both).
It is Linked to Your Genes
Doctors know that there is a genetic link behind it. Alopecia is a polygenic disease, which means that both parents of a child must have genes for the condition in order for the child to inherit it — not just one parent.
If you suffer from hair loss, you may be experiencing alopecia. At New-U, we encourage you to take the first step and schedule your free, private and confidential hair loss evaluation today. Explore what solution is best for you by scheduling a FREE consultation with New-U Hair Replacement Specialists today!